Episode Guide - Camera West (Series) (1964-1967)

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Season 1

Jul 1, 1964 - Ghost of Walhachin recounts the history of a small B.C. community which came into existence in 1907, when British settlers were enticed to the area by a giant land promotion scheme. The advertisements in British newspapers, and the elaborate brochures, extolled the fertile acreage on the south shores of tbe Thompson River, where "fortunes could be made" in fruit growing. What the ads failed to mention was that the necessary water for irrigation was some 30 miles from the settlement site.

Jul 8, 1964 - Shawnigan. Portrait of a private school, Shawnigan Lake School for Boys, located 25 miles from Victoria, B.C.

Jul 15, 1964 - Whatever Happened to the Horse? A not-too-serious look at the role the horse has played in bygone days and how he lives today. The program features the specialists and artisans who used to breed, feed, shod, and harness him, as well as pointing out the increase of the use of horses for recreation and sport since the 1920's.

Jul 22, 1964 - Strange Gray Day, This. An unusual glimpse into the life of a young Vancouver poet and painter Bill Bissett. The film records the life of a person described by society as a "beatnik" — a sensitive and articulate portrait of the half-world between the respectable and the outcast.

Jul 29, 1964 - Through the Looking Glass. Program focuses upon the chemical LSD and its use in the treatment of certain types of personality problems. Shown is an alcoholic taking LSD under the supervision of a psychiatrist and a psychologist at a mental hospital.

Aug 5, 1964 - The Good Citizens, Part 1. The first of a two-part study of Chinese Canadians in western Canada. Outlined is the history of persecution of the Chinese in Canada and the U.S. and how the Chinese did not return violence with violence.

Aug 12, 1964 - The Good Citizens, Part 2. Shows the problems facing Canadians of Chinese ancestry.

Aug 19, 1964 - Tricks or Treatment. An examination of hypnosis, its present day uses and abuses.

Aug 26, 1964 - The Fountain of Youth. A look at a commercial "spa" in Vancouver, where the sedentary set enjoy their exercise in luxurious surroundings.

Sep 2, 1964 - Circles of Power, Part 1. A study of witchcraft, past and present.

Sep 9, 1964 - Circles of Power, Part 2. Traces the story of witchcraft in North America with dramatic segments exposing Indian rituals and spiritualism.

Sep 16, 1964 - Bullion Mine. Shows an open pit gold-mining operation in B.C. during the thirties.

Season 2

Jul 11, 1965 - Immigrant Impressions. A film on what new Canadians think of their Vancouver neighbors and the West Coast-North American way of life. Immigrants of many nationalities and backgrounds are interviewed on their impressions of Vancouver.

Jul 18, 1965 - Paul Kane. A study of the life and work of 19th-century painter Paul Kane, who pruduced the first professional pictorial record of the Canadian West.

Jul 25, 1965 - Crystal Prize. The performance in April of the Canadian ski team on Crystal Mountain, Washington will be shown. The 20-member team from Nelson, B.C. beat many American and European stars of the ski slopes.

Aug 8, 1965 - Portuguese In The Valley. The Portuguese community at Osoyoos is the subject of the program.

Aug 15, 1965 - A Matter of Choice. Retirement, a subject that is becoming more important to more people as life expectancies increase and retirement ages are reduced, is examined. Six retirees living in British Columbia are interviewed.

Aug 22, 1965 - The Heart of the Thing. The painting and prose of Emily Carr.

Sep 5, 1965 - The Islanders. Program visits the Gulf Islands to find out why some people are attracted to them as a place to live.

Sep 12, 1965 - The Last Parade. A documentary on the last parade of the Irish Fusiliers of Vancouver.

Season 3

Jul 3, 1966 - Carole. A portrait of Carole Thompson as she completes her third year at the Vancouver School of Art, and prepares to enter her fourth and last year.

Jul 10, 1966 - A look at Vancouver's West End, an area that has grown greatly in the past decade. The film examines the contrasts in the architecture - stately mansions interpersed with highrise edifices - and the people who live and work there.

Jul 17, 1966 - Where Have All The Children Gone? A study of the reasons why few children retain the creative and imaginative abilities which they possess in their younger years.

Jul 24, 1966 - Rendezvous with Death. Filmed interviews with survivors of the Lusitania disaster and also with Otto Rikowski, the living member of the crew of the German submarine which torpedoed the Lusitania.

Season 4

Jul 16, 1967 - The Water People, Part 1. (Presented as part of CBC-TV's centennial documentary series, 20/20). A special two-part color film, produced by the Camera West film unit at CBC Vancouver, about the 2,000
people who live on Vancouver Island's west coast. On the first program viewers will meet Mr. and Mrs. Harry Calleia of Tahsis (Mrs. Calcia is a doctor at the sawmill); Barry Brown, who drives the sawmill company boat-car; pilot Bruce Smith; Nootka Indian brothers Francis and Herb Jack, who hunt seals for a living; and Dr. Herman A. McLean, head of the only hospital facility north of Tofina at Esperanza, B.C.

Jul 23, 1967 - The Water People, Part 2. (Presented as part of CBC-TV's centennial documentary series, 20/20). The second program visits with Ralph Trelvik who lives at an abandoned cannery plant. He repairs boats and uses an old church for his machine shop. At Kyuquot viewers will meet pilot Mike Carr-Harris, sometimes called Coyote Mike, who until recently owned much of the area. Other people are visited. Cameraman John Seale concludes this two-part documentary with some spectacular film showing a sudden and violent storm common to the west coast.

Aug 27, 1967 - (Presented as part of CBC-TV's centennial documentary series, 20/20) Camera West presents a look at the youth of the mill town of Port Alberni, on Vancouver Island.

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